His Holiness Dalai Lama has said his successor could be a woman but she'd have to be attractive. Yes, she’d have to be very attractive. The Tibetan spiritual leader, 80, made that assertion in an interview with BBC journalist Clive Myrie.
When Myrie asked the spiritual leader whether the next incarnation could be a woman, His Holiness said yes, adding with a joking tone that "the face should be very attractive."
Seemingly surprised by the answer, Myrie asked: "So you can only have a female Dalai Lama if they're attractive. Is that what you're saying?"
And here’s how the spiritual leader of the Buddhist faith answered: "I mean if female Dalai Lama did come, then that female must be very attractive. Otherwise not much use."
Myrie asked again: “Really? You’re joking I’m assuming? Or you’re not joking?”
And Dalai Lama affirmed: “No, true!”
Dalai Lama’s remarks drew plenty of condemnation on social media especially from feminists. Nicole Rowe, spokeswoman for Progressive Women, told The Guardian: “While we’re pleased to hear the Dalai Lama is in favour of the possibility of a female Dalai Lama, we’re surprised and greatly disappointed that a man of such compassion and wisdom could express such a retrograde opinion.”